Developing nursing practice
You will study this module if you are registered on our BSc (Honours) Nursing (R39) or Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice (X20).
This level 2 practice-based module has a balance of theory and practice, and you'll study five topics through practice-based practice and distance learning. The module will be delivered fully online and you'll be allocated a module tutor. You will also be supported in practice by a practice supervisor, assessed by a practice assessor and a practice tutor/academic assessor tutor to develop your skills and competence in academic study to become an independent learner. To undertake this module, you will be required to be employed in a health and care setting and have the support of your employer.
What you will study
This is a 45-week practice module that sits alongside Understanding nursing knowledge and theory (K210/KYN210) to focus on the theoretical concepts that inform nursing practice as part of the BSc (Honours) Nursing.
If you study our Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice (X20), you will complete Developing nursing practice (K211) alongside Nursing associate theory for practice (K234).
This module builds up from Stage 1 modules which introduce you to the broad principles underpinning nursing practice in accordance with Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) or the Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (NMC 2018).
This module focuses on practice-based learning. You will be supernumerary in practice and work under direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse or other health care professionals (a Practice Supervisor). Your practice learning will take place within the NHS or other health and social care settings. You will be supported by module tutors in online facilitated groups of 20 students with the aim of creating a sense of togetherness to discuss and reflect on concepts informing practice. Learning in practice will be with the support of OU practice tutors/academic assessors, practice supervisors and practice assessors.
You will learn
BSc (Honours) Nursing
This practice-based module is designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills across health and social care relating to all four fields of nursing. It provides opportunities for you to develop deeper insights to the field of practice relevant to your workplace as you progress towards preparation for registered practice.
Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice
This practice-based module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills for the role of nursing associate needed to deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care and to build a solid foundation for further study and potential progression to be a registered nurse.
This module is not available for standalone study. It is open only to students on a nursing qualification who are sponsored by their employer.
To study this module you should have:
- satisfied the entry requirements for the qualification
- registered on the BSc (Honours) Nursing (any field of practice)
- normally completed the two OU level 1 modules Introducing health and social care (K102/KYN(L)102) and Introduction to health care practice (K104/KYN(L)104) or demonstrate equivalent
- met the NMC entry requirements; demonstrated good character and health status through self- declaration; enhanced criminal disclosure; occupational health screening; review of previous sickness and absence; two references, one from current employer.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
Online learning materials and resources, practice assessment document, five online learning guides and accompanying resource materials.
You will have access to a website, through which teaching and library resources are available that provide links to current information and relevant research-based materials relating to module content.
You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).
Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.
It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.